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  • SpaceShipTwo survivor unaware tail feathers unlocked


    ​The surviving pilot of the SpaceShipTwo crash on 31 October has told investigators that he was unaware the co-pilot had unlocked a system that rotates the tail feathers of the vehicle moments before an in-flight break-up, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says.


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  • For the love of lists: Ten top 10s


    ​When the going gets tough, the tough write things on a list; herewith the best of Flight’s 2014 news-inspired...


  • Ex-SpaceShipOne test pilot critical of hybrid motor in new video


    ​Count the Ansari X-Prize-winning test pilot of SpaceShipOne, Brian Binnie, among the critics of SpaceShipTwo.


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    A sobering week in spaceflight saw the first in-flight fatality in a commercial space programme, as Virgin Galactic...


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  • For the love of lists: Ten top 10s

    News | 18 Dec 2014 02:16

    ​When the going gets tough, the tough write things on a list; herewith the best of Flight’s 2014 news-inspired best-evershttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/For-the-love-of-lists-Ten-top-10s-407226/
  • SpaceShipTwo survivor unaware tail feathers unlocked

    News | 12 Nov 2014 16:51 | Stephen Trimble

    ​The surviving pilot of the SpaceShipTwo crash on 31 October has told investigators that he was unaware the co-pilot had unlocked a system that rotates the tail feathers of the vehicle moments before an in-flight break-up, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/SpaceShipTwo-survivor-unaware-tail-feathers-unlocked-405977/
  • OPINION: Virgin Galactic crash shows that big dreams mean big risk

    News | 07 Nov 2014 15:08

    ​Tragedy has struck space tourism a most cruel blow. First, the 31 October crash of SpaceShipTwo took the life of test pilot Mike Alsbury. Then, images of the in-flight break-up cast a calamitous cloud over the ­industry’s biggest and most important player – the ­Virgin Galactic/Scaled Composites team.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/OPINION-Virgin-Galactic-crash-shows-that-big-dreams-mean-big-risk-405797/
  • ANALYSIS: NTSB will have no quick answers after Virgin Galactic crash

    News | 06 Nov 2014 12:52 | Stephen Trimble

    Structural failure – not a faulty rocket motor – has quickly emerged as a key focus of the investigation into the 31 October crash of the Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo that killed a test pilot and launched a new crisis for Virgin Galactic and the nascent suborbital space tourism industry.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-NTSB-will-have-no-quick-answers-after-Virgin-Galactic-crash-405675/
  • Ex-SpaceShipOne test pilot critical of hybrid motor in new video

    News | 03 Nov 2014 16:03 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Count the Ansari X-Prize-winning test pilot of SpaceShipOne, Brian Binnie, among the critics of SpaceShipTwo.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Ex-SpaceShipOne-test-pilot-critical-of-hybrid-motor-in-new-video-405557/
  • SpaceShipTwo broke up after tail feathers moved

    News | 03 Nov 2014 05:16 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo telemetry data has offered a vital clue to investigators searching for the cause of the fatal 31 October crash while the wreckage appears to rule out an engine or fuel tank malfunction.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/SpaceShipTwo-broke-up-after-tail-feathers-moved-405526/